An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for the proposed development comprising 130 residential houses, as submitted by McCourt Investments Limited at Kill Hill and Earls Court, Kill, Co. Kildare.
The application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 on 22nd December 2017 and decided on 27th March 2018.
The full planning application can be viewed at https://killhill.ie/
The application process included a period of public consultation and followed completion of a pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála and Kildare County Council.
The key documents relating to the Board’s decision are available as follows:
The Planning Inspector's conclusion states:
With specific reference to the correspondence and accompanying map dated 01 February 2018 received by An Bord Pleanála from the Development Applications Unit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht regarding the reclassification of Recorded Monument KD020-001-003 from enclosure/ringbarrow/tumulus to hillfort and the resultant expanded buffer that corresponds with the area of archaeological potential around the hillfort and the archaeological complex to the south comprising sites and monument numbers KD019-010, KD019-056, KD019057 and KD019-008004 protected by Preservation Order number 3 of 2007 published by the National Monuments Service. It is considered that the archaeological significance of the site is such that any development of the site in advance of a comprehensive archaeological assessment, would be premature and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.